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Microsoft Windows 95 Sweater

Microsoft Windows 95 Sweater

Who would’ve thought that the coolest ugly sweater would come from Microsoft? Over the holidays, the software giant gave away Windows 95 sweaters to folks who tweeted messages love for their OS. We hope they bring it back so more of us can have one.

Microsoft Project xCloud

Microsoft Project xCloud

Microsoft’s Project xCloud is an upcoming video game streaming service that will allow people to play Xbox One games on their PC, tablets or phones. It will work with the Xbox One controller and supports streaming via 4G connections. Public tests will begin in 2019.

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Microsoft Surface Studio 2

Microsoft Surface Studio 2
$3.5K+  Buy Link Comment

Microsoft improves its premium all-in-one PC. It’s faster, and the Surface Studio 2’s 28″, 4500 x 3000 resolution touchscreen display is now brighter and has more contrast. Its storage maxes out with a 2TB SSD, while its GPU can be either a GTX 1060 or a GTX 1070.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2

Microsoft Surface Laptop 2
$999  Buy Link Comment

Microsoft’s powerful and beautiful Surface Laptop has been upgraded with 8th gen Intel CPUs, twice as much RAM – now 8GB – on the base model and improved cooling. Its unique alcantara cover now comes has a slick matte black option.

Make-A-Wish Xbox One X Auction

Make-A-Wish Xbox One X Auction

Xbox and Make-A-Wish’s Consoles for Kids charity auction lets you bid for one-of-a-kind autographed and custom painted Xbox One X consoles, each one signed by a celebrity or game developers. All of the proceeds go to Make-A-Wish. The auction runs until 10/3/18.

Xbox All Access

Xbox All Access
$22+/mo.  Buy Comment

Microsoft’s Xbox All Access is a subscription plan that lets you own an Xbox One X or Xbox One S, 24 months of Xbox Live Gold and 24 months of Xbox Game Pass for a low monthly fee that you pay spread over 2 years. There’s no upfront cost.

Microsoft Surface Go

Microsoft Surface Go

Microsoft is out to make tablets look like a bad deal with the new Surface Go. It’s a Windows-based 2-in-1 that has a 10″ 1800×1200 screen, 9h battery life, a USB-C port, and a microSD slot. It will be available starting 7/10/18 for $399. An LTE model will arrive late 2018.

QuickLook for Windows 10

QuickLook for Windows 10

Quick Look is one of the most useful features on Macs, letting you preview a file’s content just by pressing the spacebar while you’re on a Finder window. Paddy Xu’s QuickLook imports the exact same feature to Windows 10. It works with both documents and media files.

Windows 95 Mobile

Windows 95 Mobile

Microsoft might have hung up its mobile OS ambitions for now, but that didn’t stop 4096 from envisioning what things might have been like if they decided to port one of their most popular operating systems ever directly to smartphone screens.

Xbox Adaptive Controller

Xbox Adaptive Controller

The Xbox Adaptive Controller is a plug-and-play Xbox One and Windows 10 controller for gamers with limited mobility. It has two large programmable buttons, a large d-pad, two USB ports, and 19 3.5mm inputs for plugging in adaptive switches. Drops 2018 for $100.

Microsoft Surface Hub 2

Microsoft Surface Hub 2

The Surface Hub 2 was designed to help teams collaborate and communicate. It’s a PC with a 4K 50.5″ touchscreen display that can be used in landscape or portrait. Up to four Hub 2s can be connected to each other, and multiple Windows users can log in to access their files.

Microsoft Project Zanzibar

Microsoft Project Zanzibar

Microsoft Research shows off a tabletop mat that uses capacitive sensors and near-field communication (NFC) to detect the shape and position of objects, as well as touch, and gestures above its surface. It could be used for interactive games and other tangible interfaces.

The Xerox Thieves: Jobs & Gates

The Xerox Thieves: Jobs & Gates

Business Casual simplifies one of the most infamous tales in Silicon Valley. In the early ’70s, Xerox came up with a user-friendly way to interact with computers. But now Apple and Microsoft are the kings of PCs. Did Steve Jobs and Bill Gates really steal their idea?

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Microsoft Surface Book 2

Microsoft Surface Book 2
$1499+  Buy Link Comment

The latest version of Microsoft’s high-end laptop/tablet hybrid now comes in a 15″ model alongside the 13.5″. Both models are equipped with the 8th gen Intel Core i5/i7 CPUs. The 13.5″ can be bought with a GTX 1050 GPU, while the 15″ can have a GTX 1060.

Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition

Xbox One X Project Scorpio Edition
$499  Buy Link Comment

Costing just as much as the standard Xbox One X, the console’s limited Project Scorpio Edition has a graphic pattern on the exterior and “Project Scorpio” printed on the console and the included controller. It also comes with an exclusive vertical stand.

A History of MS Paint

A History of MS Paint

MS Paint is dead, long live MS Paint! With the arrival of Paint 3D, Microsoft will no longer update or support its predecessor. Lazy Game Reviews traces the origins and evolution of the beloved application, which started as a clone of a Mac program.

Xbox Design Lab

Xbox Design Lab
$80+  Buy Link Comment

Order a custom Xbox Wireless Controller for the Xbox One and Windows PCs. You can customize 8 different sections of the controller. They recently added new colors, metallic finishes and rubberized grips. You can even engrave up to 16 characters free of charge.

Xbox One X

Xbox One X
$499  Buy Comment

Microsoft’s next console sports an 8-core CPU, a 6-teraflop GPU, 12GB of GDDR5 RAM, and a 1TB HDD. It can run games in 4K HDR at 60fps, plays 4K HDR Blu-Ray discs, and is compatible with Xbox One games and accessories. Launches 11/7/17. Amazon pre-order page here.

New Microsoft Surface Pro

New Microsoft Surface Pro
$799+  Buy Link Comment

What could have been the Surface Pro 5 does away with the numbers. The new model has a more versatile hinge, up to 2.5x faster CPU, quieter cooling, and up to 13.5 hours of battery life. It’s compatible with the Surface Dial and the new Surface Pen is much more capable.

DIY Cortana Holographic AI Assistant

DIY Cortana Holographic AI Assistant

Web developer unt1tled made his own virtual assistant based on Windows’ Cortana. What makes it stand out is that he built an accompanying holographic image by reflecting a custom-made 3D animation from a monitor to three panes of glass.

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Windows Story Remix

Windows Story Remix

The successor to Windows Movie Maker. Story Remix analyzes the location, subject and more about your photos and videos so you can create a short film with just a few clicks. It also has lots of easily customizable audio and visual effects. Coming to Windows 10 this fall.

Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass

A $10/mo. video game subscription service for Xbox One. Unlike PlayStation Now and other similar services, Xbox Game Pass will let you download games so you can play offline. If you want to own a game that’s in its catalog, you can buy it at 20% off. Launches Spring 2017.

Portal x Hololens

Portal x Hololens

Microsoft’s HoloLens tech is one of the most promising augmented reality systems we’ve seen. KennyWdev shows off a version of Portal that’s been modded to work with the goggles in the real world. It’s not perfect, but it’s a cool glimpse at the shape of things to come.

Microsoft Surface Book i7

Microsoft Surface Book i7
$2500  Buy Link Comment

The most powerful version of Microsoft’s hybrid portable computer packs a more powerful Intel Core i7 CPU, GTX GeForce 965M GPU, up to 16GB RAM, up to 1TB SSD storage and a battery that lasts up to 16h. It also works with the new Surface Dial control peripheral.

Microsoft Surface Studio

Microsoft Surface Studio
$3K+  Buy Link Comment

Microsoft’s new all-in-one PC has a 28″ 4500×3000 touchscreen that can be angled nearly flat, and a precision stylus, turning it into a digital drafting table. The $100 Surface Dial (free for the first pre-orders) adds an intuitive way to scroll, zoom and access shortcuts.

Xbox One: Now $299

Xbox One: Now $299
$299+  Buy Link Comment

It’s been on sale for a couple of months, but now the Xbox One’s starting price has officially been permanently reduced to $299 from $349. The affected bundles are the Name Your Game bundle, the Gears of War bundle and the Quantum Break bundle.

Microsoft: Holoportation

Microsoft: Holoportation

Microsoft’s vision for holographic communication uses a ton of 3D cameras and its HoloLens augmented reality headset. The scanning and transmission of 3D models happens in real time with just a slight lag.

Microsoft Fetch!

Microsoft Fetch!

Microsoft’s upstart Garage initiative released Fetch!, a fun iOS app which uses sophisticated AI tech to identify the breed of dogs using photos you upload. It’s pretty accurate when it comes to dogs – though the results when uploading human portraits are pretty silly.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Microsoft Surface Pro 4
$899+  Buy Link Comment

Microsoft reminds Apple what a pro tablet looks like. Like its predecessors, the Surface Pro 4 runs a desktop OS – in this case Windows 10 – and has a (pseudo) optional keyboard cover, which has better spacing and a larger touchpad than the Pro 3.

Microsoft Surface Book

Microsoft Surface Book
$1.5K+  Buy Link Comment

Microsoft once again improves on the laptop-tablet hybrid. The Surface Book has a 13.5″ 3000×2000 display that can be used as a tablet when undocked from its laptop-grade keyboard. The latter also has additional battery and an optional discrete GPU.

Deal: Microsoft Office Learning Bundle

Deal: Microsoft Office Learning Bundle
$???  Buy Comment

Pay what you want and build your skills on all the major Microsoft Office apps with this bundle of courses in the Technabob Shop. There are lessons for Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook and Access, valued at nearly $1000.

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